Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani
September 20, 2013
In just over five years, entrepreneur and philanthropist Hamdi Ulukaya has grown Chobani from a yogurt startup in central New York to a $1 billion business, making Chobani one of the fastest-growing companies in history. The company remains 100% financially independent. Now the No. 1 selling Greek Yogurt brand in America, Chobani has transformed the U.S. yogurt category with products that are delicious, nutritious, accessible to all, and made with only natural ingredients. A Kurdish immigrant from eastern Turkey, Hamdi founded Chobani in 2005 with the help of a Small Business Administration loan. Chobani’s second manufacturing facility – the world’s largest yogurt manufacturing plant – is located in Twin Falls, Idaho. In 2010, Hamdi created the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, which gives 10% of the company’s profits to support positive, lasting change in the community. Prior to Chobani, Hamdi was the founder of Euphrates, a feta cheese company. Hamdi is passionate about revitalizing manufacturing in the U.S., and the entrepreneurial potential of small towns and rural America. He sits on the boards of the American Turkish Council, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Pathfinder Village, and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund. He resides in New Berlin, N.Y., with his two German Shepherds.